Yesterday I felt a strong urge to clearly articulate what Character-Based Leadership means to me.
As I wrote it I thought of:
- Leaders that create beautiful symphonies by unleashing the differences and strengths of others.
- Leader that inspire us all to lead at a higher level.
- Leadership decisions that make my blood boil.
- People I am currently serving and people I’ve served.
- Times I’ve led well, and times I’ve failed.
- All that I am and all that I hope to be…
A little over a week ago my husband and I rode motorcycle to a city that is about an hour away from where we are living.
It’s a city we visited for the first time nearly one year ago. A city that provided such a powerful visual of how leadership or the lack of it, impacts our world that I wrote about it right after our first visit, and have continued to talk about it throughout the year…
Read More About That Visit Here
- A lack of a vision compared to a shared vision.
- Chaos compared to order.
- Anxiety compared to peace.
- Darkness compared to light.
This time we were in awe again:
A series of events has me thinking about rules.
First I thought about the Rule MAKERS I know.
We’ll make this rule because it will make MY job easier!
Then I thought about the Rule BREAKERS I know.
I follow ALL the rules… EXCEPT
Then I thought about the Rule FAKERS I know.
This rule is here just for our protection – I don’t care if it is followed or not, but if the authorities ever come, I can show them our rules.
And then I started to wonder if the makers, breakers and fakers ever considered these questions before they made a rule, broke a rule or pretended to have a rule.
Who are the rules for?
Sooner or later we will all find ourselves in a situation where we could be leading up…
- And will will need to choose to either accept what is happening, speak for change, or move on.
Each time I find myself in that situation the words below grow more powerful…
God grant me…
The serenity to accept the things I cannot change.
The courage to change those I can.
And the wisdom to know the difference..
Last week I read a very powerful article by Alli Polin that emphasized how leadership thrives when two people work closely together and titles don’t matter.
Have you ever caught a whiff of a smoky haze coming from down the hall? …The kind that indicates something is not quite right?
Occasionally a fire alarm even goes off, but it is quickly silenced.
…But if you follow your nose the smoke gets thicker around another titled leader’s door.
Yes – I’m asking about a titled leader that may be a level or two below you, may be your direct report, your peer or even your boss.